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Juggling politics and family


DAP candidate for Ipoh Timur parliament seat Wong Kah Woh showing a picture of his wife Choo Sze Lin and baby Raelyn.

DAP candidate for Ipoh Timur parliament seat Wong Kah Woh showing a picture of his wife Choo Sze Lin and baby Raelyn.

IT IS a common practice for expectant Chinese couples to ask for an auspicious date from the temple for the delivery of their baby, but things were different for incumbent Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh, 38, and wife Choo Sze Lin, 37.

They had to discuss with the doctor on a good date to induce labour as Choo’s initial due date was expected as May 5, which would have been during the election campaigning period.

Wong, who is contesting the Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat, sought the doctor’s advice on an earlier date to induce labour so that he could be with his wife during the birth of their child.

“The doctor told me that any time between April 23 and 30 was good, so we picked April 25.

She was discharged on April 27, and after that I could focus on nomination day, which was the day after,” he said.

Wong, now a father of three with the addition of baby Raelyn, said this would be the first time his wife was not able to accompany him on his campaign trail.

Teng (second from right) says he makes sure to allocate some time for his family between his campaign events.
Teng (second from right) says he makes sure to allocate some time for his family between his campaign events.

“She used to help out by doing administrative work back when my campaign team was still very small.

“But now, everything is going well as I have a much bigger team working with me,” he added.

Many other political candidates are also spending considerable amount of time away from family during this gruelling period before polling on May 9.

Among them is MCA candidate for the Astaka state seat, Jason Teng, 51, who is contesting in the election for the first time.

The father of four children aged 16 to 25, said he was able to cope with the campaign trail as his assistant would arrange a one-hour window between his events for him to take a break at home.

“I only have that one hour a day to spend time with my family.

BN’s Kathleen Wong (right) will contest against Kah Woh in the Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat. — SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star
BN’s Kathleen Wong (right) will contest against Kah Woh in the Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat. — SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

“Other than that, I’ll usually leave home when most of them are still asleep and reach back home when they are already in bed,” he said.

Teng said his family had adjusted to his busy schedule because he had been a local councillor since 2014.

“I have been attending to a lot of people to help solve their problems.

“The campaign trail is similar, although a tad busier because the events are arranged quite close to one another from morning to night,” he added.

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